New WorkBench

I like simple things tools that can be used for multiple purposes.  I am not one that likes to fall into the pit of having every specialized tool ever created.  That just gets way too expensive.

I have been gradually modifying a simple bench that I have been using for years.  It works pretty well but it has some limitations I can’t overcome without building a new bench.  I got all sucked into reading Christopher Schwarz’s Workbench blog at Woodworking Magazine.  It has a ton of great historical and practical information but it is endless and before you know it you have a ton of money invested in a bench and it becomes such a work of art you are afraid to use it.

Recently I discovered a surprisingly simple yet incredibly versatile bench called the New Fangled Workbench created by John White at Fine Woodworking 10 years ago.

I am very impressed with its functionality and the simple tools (pipe clamps) that it makes such great use of.  I need to roll this bench over in my mind for a while…but I think when it comes time for me to create a new bench,  it will look a lot like this one.  See this video for the basics.

There are more details and plans for this bench here.

Much of the functionality of the center clamps I already have with the tail vice paired with bench dogs.  However the vertically mounted pipe clamps that act as a wood jack for jointing boards is pretty amazing.  If I can figure out how to add that to my existing bench it might prevent me from feeling the urge to build a brand new bench.